Six Aboriginal Directors Join TV Training Program
The National Screen Institute (NSI) – Canada, in association with APTN, has chosen six directors for the director phase of the NSI Storytellers program, designed to develop Aboriginal creative talent. The directors are: Adam Garnet Jones and Michelle Latimer (Toronto); Tracey Deer (Kahnawake, Quebec); Cameron Lizotte (Saskatoon); Marie Clements (Galiano Island, B.C.) and Lori Lewis (Quathiaski Cove, B.C.). The program provides all six with an intensive training week with industry experts in Winnipeg. The second phase will see three working as interns on a western-based TV series destined for Canadian broadcast. NSI Storytellers began training Aboriginal writers and producers last fall. Jean LaRose, APTN CEO, notes in a release that the service is pleased “with the training that NSI is providing Aboriginal content creators and proud to partner with them to develop this unique program.” The many private and public sponsors of NSI Storytellers 2007/08 include APTN and CTV/CHUM.
APTN Launches Digital Drum for Aboriginal Youth
The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) launched DigitalDrum.ca, a new interactive site this week directed at aboriginal youth. The site will showcase Aboriginal culture, history, people, gifts, innovation, creativity and languages through video content that includes the APTN collection of vignettes, as well as user-generated video, audio, text and image content. The main objectives of DigitalDrum.ca are to increase on-line and real-world interactivity for youth and Elders; to link Aboriginal Elders to youth by creating a vehicle for Aboriginal youth to reconnect to their culture and facilitate stronger relationships with Elders; to support a learning environment among Aboriginal teaching communities; and to to provide opportunities for multilingual interaction through cultural vignettes and Elders media. Click here for more information.
S-VOX and APTN support fund in memory of Aboriginal broadcaster Suzanne Rochon-Burnett
S-VOX, Canada's foremost provider of multimedia content on spirituality and personal growth, is proud to partner with the National Screen Institute-Canada (NSI) and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) in the creation of a fund to honour Aboriginal media pioneer Suzanne Rochon-Burnett. Ms. Rochon-Burnett, who died on April 2, 2006, was a Canadian Métis business woman and a Member of the Order of Canada. She was the first Aboriginal Canadian person to own a private commercial radio station, and a prominent supporter of business, broadcasting and the arts in native communities. S-VOX and APTN will each contribute $2,500 annually over three years to allow a female candidate from the Métis community to participate in one of NSI's film and television training programs. Click here for more information about NSI training programs and application deadlines.